Plans in pipeline for 2,000 houses and new bypass for Hartlepool

Part of the site of the proposed housing development at High Tunstall, off Elwick Road
Part of the site of the proposed housing development at High Tunstall, off Elwick Road

A MASSIVE new development with up to 2,000 houses could be coming to Hartlepool.

Plans are in the pipeline for the proposed scheme at High Tunstall, on the edge of town.

A mix of housing and amenities such as local shops, a community centre and doctor’s surgery are expected to be included in a planning application that will be submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council. A new Hartlepool western bypass road could be created as part of the plans.

Planning consultant Prism has been engaged by the unnamed developer to prepare the planning application.

Principal planning consultant Rod Hepplewhite said: “We are still at a fairly early stage.

“We will be seeking outline planning permission for development of the site for residential development and include a local centre likely to include shops, GP practice and probably a community centre.

“It could also provide a western bypass to Hartlepool which has been long hoped for, and alleviate traffic to the centre of the town.”

Hartlepool has received a series of large new housing developments in recent months.

Developers Persimmon are working on plans for up to 2,500 homes at the South Western Extension.

In March, councillors backed plans to extend the plush Upper Warren housing estate by a further 500 homes in a £145m development.

The proposed new development is planned on two plots between High Tunstall comprising 193 acres.

The two sites are currently in separate ownerships, although the agents say option agreements have been completed with both landowners.

Prism has been in contact with the council to determine what environmental surveys need to be carried out before an application is lodged in around three to four months time.

Due to the scale of the development the public will also be given the chance to comment on the proposals.

Mr Hepplewhite added: “We appreciate where the site is and what surroundings there are. There will be a lot of structured planting and woodland along certain areas.

“Before the application is submitted there will be consultations and a number of events will be held.

“It may mean the draft proposals are revised before they are submitted to the council.”

If the council grants permission for the principle of developing the sites a series of detailed applications by individual house builders would follow.

Mr Hepplewhite said if permission is granted, work is unlikely to start for at least 18 months.

The main access into the site would be from Elwick Road with a secondary access off Coniscliffe Road to serve a small area of executive housing.

A council spokesman said: “We have received requests for separate screening and scoping opinions from a planning agency working on behalf of a developer.

“A screening opinion is a request to the local planning authority as to whether a development – should a planning application be submitted – would require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

“In the event that it would, a scoping opinion is a request for information about what issues the EIA should address.

“These are not planning applications as such, and it is important to stress that we have not received any formal planning applications.

“Should such applications be received, they will be publicised in the usual way and subject to full consultation.”